October 1, 2004  


New KIPAC Parking Lot Takes Shape Near Main Gate

By Shawne Neeper

Road closed. Right turn only. Before long, it will be left turn only. Recent traffic rerouting counter-clockwise around the Loop Road has been necessary for the construction of additional parking to support the future Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), and it is nearly finished. Next will come Phase II—construction of the three-story building, which will require occasional closures of the Loop Road.

This plan shows the layout of the new parking area. The arrow in the upper-left corner leads to the Main Gate. (Drawing courtesy of Kingston Chan)

The current work extends the existing parking lot to the east and downhill from the Cafeteria. The new parking area lies inside the northeast bend of the Loop Road—after entering SLAC from Sand Hill Road, make a left turn  onto the Loop Road from the Main Gate.

During construction, traffic re-routing will continue to vary depending on what operations are needed, explained Jerry Jobe (BSD). For instance, the construction contractors will close the east side of the Loop Road when they need to move heavy equipment and dirt. Jobe asked that everyone stay alert for either a flag man or traffic.

Parking lot construction began September 13 and is expected to last until mid-October—approximately five weeks total. “At the end of that, we should have a new parking area that will accommodate about 35 cars,” Jobe said. It will be open just in time to replace a portion of the Visitor’s Lot that will be needed as a construction staging area when work begins on the Kavli building.

“Provided some hurdles can be overcome, and pending approval from the Stanford Board of Trustees, the building construction will probably start in mid-October,” Jobe said. Milpitas-based Devcon Construction, the general contractor who built the SLAC Guest House, has nearly completed the parking lot and is expected to finish the building in about one year.

“During building construction the Loop Road will be closed going the other direction from time to time,” Jobe said, and there will be construction vehicles and equipment moving around the site. “People will need to be more alert driving around the Loop Road.”

No Worries About the Trees

Construction plans for the building and parking area were designed to accommodate SLAC’s trees, which will provide welcome shade for parked cars. Existing trees appear as circles on the project site plan. “We go around the trees, and protect them,” said Kingston Chan (SEM), the project engineer who helps coordinate with Stanford and Devcon.

Some trees will even be relocated and replanted elsewhere on SLAC grounds. “If it’s an oak, we definitely save it,” Chan said. One tree, in particular, is slated for special treatment. A commemorative flowering cherry tree, planted in honor of Director emeritus W.K.H. ‘Pief’ Panofsky (DO), will be moved from its present site near the redwoods in Panofsky Grove to make way for the new building.

The KIPAC inauguration and groundbreaking took place this spring and summer. For more information, see http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/tip/2003/mar21/kavli-event.htm  and http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/tip/2004/jul16/kavli.htm  




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Last update Thursday September 30, 2004 by Emily Ball